Author: Kevin Bourne

Kevin Bourne is the co-founder and editor of SHIFTER magazine. Born and raised in Toronto, Kevin currently resides in Ottawa with his wife Koliah and their three children. He's a big fan of hip-hop, pop culture, and urbanism and spends most of his time keeping up with the Kardashians.

SHIFTER’s Kevin Bourne takes a look at the latest installment in the MonsterVerse in his Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire review. For decades, Godzilla and King Kong ran on parallel tracks, finally meeting in the 1962 film King Kong vs. Godzilla. The current MonsterVerse began in 2014 with the release of Godzilla, followed by Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). The two finally clashed in Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) before teaming up to defeat Mechagodzilla. Now the two are back in the latest installment in the MonsterVerse. Starring Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan…

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The Damian and Stephen Marley tour, called the Traffic Jam Tour, stopped at History in Toronto for a night of good vibes and good music. Tonight, Damian and Stephen Marley’s Traffic Jam Tour stopped at History in downtown Toronto in front of what appeared to be a sold out crowd. With the recent release of the the Bob Marley: One Love film, the crossover appeal of his message that touched people of all ethnicities all over the world, and Toronto’s large Jamaican community, a sell out was pretty much guaranteed. With clouds of marijuana smoke dotting the crowd, the night…

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We’re back with another edition of Dope New Music, looking at new Canadian hip-hop and R&B releases from the past few weeks. In this edition of Dope New Music, we look at new music from Pressa, Moula 1st, Eva Shaw, King Cruff, ShaqIsDope, Skip Waiters, ZENESOUL, and more, in no particular order. SKIP WAITERS | “LAST WORDS” This song is too hard—the bounce, the instrumentation, his flows. There are artists that just call themselves artists and then there are real artists. Skip Waiters is the latter. His latest single “Last Words”, which has some Kendrick Lamar and Tobe…

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Friendships are tested, Penelope is MIA, and Karen learns her babies’ paternity. Here’s our recap of Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 7 Episode 11. If Twitter is any indicating, many fans of Sistas found this episode disappointing. Yes, we finally get some answers to some key questions, and there’s some tension among the girls as old relationships are questioned and new friendships evolve which makes things interesting. But fans are riding for Fatima who has been getting the short end of the stick for too long. Here are the highlights from Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 7 Episode 11. Andi’s dream The…

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ISRAELLA KOBLA founder and creative director, Emefa Kuadey, is embarking on her biggest adventure yet—expansion to the United States. It’s been almost five years since civil engineer turned fashion engineer, Emefa Kuadey, founded ISRAELLA KOBLA with the goal of “redefining minimalism through structure and bold femininity”. In a fairly short period of time, the British born Ghanaian designer went from launching her brand at Vancouver Fashion Week in 2019 to being featured in leading magazines like Elle, Flare, Fashion, and The KIT and being featured nationwide on Cityline, Breakfast TV Toronto, and The Marilyn Dennis Show. Now, the Toronto-based creative…

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Long-time marketing professional, Nadine Brown-Stoddart, announces the launch of her new agency, HER Collective Agency. Nadine Brown-Stoddart has built up a reputation over the years through blending her two passions—sneakers and marketing. Now, the long time marketing professional is pivoting into a new role—founder. She recently took to social media announce the launch of her new agency, HER Collective Agency. “My passion is curating experiences that resonate with sneaker, art, sports, and fashion enthusiasts, and beyond, with a focus on women-led events”, she explained on social media. “Central to our ethos is community. Our primary focus is to connect youth…

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Drake added some sauce to 4Btaz’s viral hit “act ii: date @ 8”. Kevin Bourne takes a closer look in his “act ii: date @ 8 remix” review. Dallas artist, 4Batz, first turned heads last year with the oddly named soulful tracks “act i: stickerz ’99” and “act ii: date @ 8”, garnering praise from artists like Kanye West and SZA along the way. With over nine million monthly listeners on Spotify alone, over 100 million streams, and over 630K followers on Instagram, some are taking to the internet and social media to accuse him of being an industry plant.…

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Zac confronts Gary and Andy get a new client. Here’s our recap of Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 7 Episode 10. Gary meets his match again, this time in the form of Zac, and Hayden weasels his way into Andi’s business. Although there are a few drawn out storylines, overall, this is another great episode. Here are the highlights from Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 7 Episode 10. Sabrina’s interview The episode opens with Sabrina calling Andi about the news reports about Jordan and a former high school student. She also lets her know that she’ll be starting In Vitro Fertilization soon…

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Zac learns some exciting news and Gary plots against Andi again. Here’s our recap of Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 7 Episode 9. The Karen-Zac-Fatima storytelling is progressing (and angering the Sistas fanbase in the process) and more and more of Gary’s past is being revealed. The good news is that he’s finally met his match. Here are the highlights from Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 7 Episode 9. Karen’s news The episode opens with Karen letting Zac know she’s having twins and the man is excited (or “doing too much” as Karen says). But Fatima is caught off guard (and speechless).…

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In the first article in our new series “Who’s Who in L.A.”, we look at the journey of Memphis native and celebrity stylist, Devin Ford. Home to Hollywood and Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles has always been the city of glitz, glamor, and big dreams. Celebrities can be seen eating at local restaurants and shopping at boutiques, palm tree lined streets and beautiful sunsets make you feel like you’re in paradise, and people migrate to the West Coast from all over the world to try and make their dreams come true. I recently made my first trip to L.A. for the…

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Gary stoops to new lows and Karen learns some life altering news. Here’s our recap of Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 7 Episode 8. Gary has easily become one of the most disgusting characters in the history of Black television. Remember when we thought him squeezing Andi was bad? Just when you think he can’t get any worse. Meanwhile, Zac and Karen in the middle of a DNA test appointment which means we’ll hopefully get some closure on this storyline very soon. So let’s get into the highlights from Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 7 Episode 8. Andi’s discovery The episode opens…

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We’re back with another edition of Dope New Music, looking at new Canadian hip-hop and R&B releases from the past few weeks. In this edition of Dope New Music, we look at new music from Osé, Private Name Private Number, Karan Aujla, Aqyila, Rhyan Douglas and more, in no particular order. OSÉ | “JJC” Nigeria-born, Toronto-raised R&B/Soul and Afro-Soul artist Osé recently returned with her latest single, “JJC”. She channels her Nigerian heritage on the song, not only with the sound but the title. “JJC” is derived from the Nigerian slang “Johnny Just Come”. On the song she…

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